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Who are the weirdest celebrities you've met?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Bruce Hornsby- he was nice enough to sign and take pics, but for one he rolled his eyes back into his head. Strange dude.
Do you think eBay does a good job of policing fake autographs for sale on their marketplace?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
What's the rudest thing a celebrity has ever said to you when you asked them to sign?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Josh Klinghoffer, the guitarist from Red Hot Chili Peppers said "No, signing this is gross!" and literally ran away.
Who has turned you down for an autograph more times than anyone?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Lindsay Buckingham. Not a nice person.
What is your opinion of Third-Party Authentication (such as PSA, JSA, BAS) overall?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
They are good, but they aren't always correct. You need to do some work yourself to make sure the autograph is legit.
How do you know the time/location of where to catch the celebrities? If there are reliable websites that share such info can you please point to a few, thanks!Submitted by: Mohamad
No web site that I know of. Musicians always sound check. Sometimes that's the best way to meet them.
I want David Bowie stories and I want them now!Submitted by:
Sadly, I don't have any.
Who is the one famous person you wish you could have met but never did?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Prince or Bowie.
Which celebs would you say are most UNLIKE their famous persona?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
I thought Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child) was super nice. I was told not to even try for her, I did figured I would after the show and she was great.
How long have you been an in person autograph seeker?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
I've been graphing in person since '96 with sports. I started musicians/celebs in '13.
Which actresses are the nicest?Submitted by: Michael Betlinski
Haven't gotten any actresses.
I heard some celebs ask trivia questions before they will sign. Have you experienced this and, if so, what happened?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
Not to me personally but I know that Flea asked a guy that I know to name a song from their first album. He didn't know, so he didn't sign.
Why do some celebs refuse to sign autographs with blue markers?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
Because they think blue equals eBay!
Do you ever butter up celebs with gifts and compliments?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I may say I like a particular album or film that they were in. I've never given a gift. They probably just throw them away anyway!
Have you ever asked a celebrity to sign their full name? What happened?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I haven't asked that.
What is the biggest misconceptions when it comes to people that sell autographs?Submitted by: David Durocher
Good question- I'm not sure how to answer that! I guess that not all sellers are jerks!
What tips would you offer for someone who wants to get started collecting in person autographs?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
For musicians, know when sound checks are. Don't be a fanboy and freak out when you see a celebrity. Be prepared- have Sharpies and something worthwhile to get signed besides a ticket stub or index card. Both are fine for last resorts.
Do you keep any of the autographs you obtain for yourself?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I keep most of the autographs for myself unless I get multiples.
How do you avoid having a celebrity personalize the autographs?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
If they ask what my name is, I usually say they can just put their name on it. It that doesn't work, I'll just give them my name.
How do you respond when a celebrity assumes you're an eBay dealer?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I say it's for my personal collection. For the most part, it usually is! I will then tell them they can personalize it if they want to.
How do you keep organized with 100s of photos when you're out graphing?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I don't have 100's of photos when I'm graphing. 2-3 items per person if there is more than 1 artist at the same venue.
What is the biggest changes in the autograph scene since you first started?Submitted by: David Durocher
People trying to get stacks of stuff done before someone gets their two or three items. Get a few, let others go ahead, and then get back in line. Have some manners!!
What is the most autographs you've ever obtained from one person during a single occasion?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
I'm not a big racc'er. I usually only have 2 or 3 items when I try to go for someone- I don't want to be greedy. However, I did just get 6 from Richie Sambora.
Who was your first autograph?Submitted by: Nick Maas
My first autograph was Bob Feller in 1980. That's when I started collecting baseball cards and he was at a show. Didn't do much more until 1996, then it's been an avalanche.
What was your greatest autograph success?Submitted by: Adam Halloran
Paid has to be Muhammad Ali.
Free- not sure. I have a lot.
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